Hundreds of cars submerged below murky water. A landmark basketball court, newly refurbished, showing signs of buckling. Soaked and stained carpets. An athletic track coated in mud.
Damage costs have yet to be pegged from the rupture of a pipeline that spewed more than 20 million gallons of water in the midst of California's worst drought in decades. But officials Wednesday were beginning to assess its soggy aftermath at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Rich Mylin, associate director of events and facilities, led a tour of affected areas for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers in hard hats, who snapped photos and took notes.
UCLA officials said six facilities were damaged and about 960 vehicles remained trapped in garages, with many below water left behind by the roiling flood.
DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo said people who suffered damage from the flooding can file claims with the agency, which will work with UCLA on settling losses.
If a claim ends up in court, a plaintiff would have to show negligence by the agency to establish liability, said Loyola Law School law professor John Nockleby. For example, if someone could show the aging steel pipe should have been replaced long ago "that could be an indicator something should have been done about it."
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